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Mapping Out a Career in Accounting

A career in accounting takes advantage of your talent for numbers and financial sensibility. While you’re mapping out your career in accounting, you need to think about your desired career path, how and when you will get there and what you can do now to make it happen. Continuing your education in an online business school can be a good first step. Since an accounting or business degree is a big commitment, you want to be sure to decide on the right program for your goals.

Know Your Options

Once you decide to get a degree in business or accounting, you need to choose a degree program at the undergraduate or graduate level. These are some of your potential options.

  • BBA or MBA: Business programs can expose you to a variety of subjects, managerial skills and international relations.
  • BAcc or MAcc: In an accounting program, you are exposed to accounting courses from day one. Some programs are designed to help learn skills that could apply to the CPA exam*, which is required in many states for practicing accountants. Courses are mostly accounting-focused, with additional coursework on finances and strategic planning.

Plan Your Education

Look at the course requirements for each degree and see which has the courses you find most interesting. That degree is the one that is most likely to help you learn skills applicable to the kind of jobs most appealing to you. Write down your expected schedule for completion of the business degree requirements or accounting degree requirements. You’ll also need to choose between a traditional on-campus, hybrid or online degree program. Online programs are entirely remote from campus. Hybrid programs have some on-campus requirements, but they likely still offer flexibility for you do your coursework while working a full-time job.

A business degree with a specialization in accounting is a widely applicable degree that allows you to learn versatile skills. A degree in accounting is a more specialized degree that offers more accounting courses. Both can increase your knowledge and skill sets, but you'll benefit from choosing the one that matches closely with your own goals. Attending a business program online allows you to earn a quality degree while continuing to work your regular job in the meantime.

* American InterContinental University does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by American InterContinental University but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to American InterContinental University. Therefore, American InterContinental University cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

This article is presented by American InterContinental University (AIU). Contact us today if you’re interested in an opportunity to develop knowledge and relevant skills with an industry-current degree program from AIU.